Some Schools Are Moving To 4-Day Weeks, Not For Efficiency, For Lack Of Funds

Some Schools Are Moving To 4-Day Weeks, Not For Efficiency, For Lack Of Funds

Teachers deserve more.

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You may be surprised to learn that many schools in the United States are currently switching to a four day week, but you probably won't be surprised at the reason - money.

Currently, in Colorado alone, 98 School Districts have made the switch, one superintendent predicted it would save $1 million dollars. But savings aren't the only reason districts are switching to the shorter schedule, it is also a way to help entice teachers, "teacher demand exceeded supply for grades K-12 in the country's public schools by more than 100,000 for the first time ever this year".

Although this may sound strange at first, the results have had some positive benefits, such as "student attendance went up, along with teacher and student morale. Studies have even demonstrated that performance has increased, too."

So how will this work? One of the most obvious concerns would be, what do you do with your children if they no longer have school, and you have work? The same district has proposed offering child care for $30 a day. Another concern will be if this actually will save money. " Research shows that the maximum possible cost savings for districts on a four-day week are 5.43 percent, but average savings range from 0.4 to 2.5 percent." Some are pointing to four-day week schedules as being able to draw more teachers.

All and all it is hard to draw any definite conclusions about whether or not this experiment will work. I am personally all for experimenting with different schedules, and I believe that schools should be flexible enough to change to the needs of the communities they serve. But if the reason schools are turning to this is because they cannot otherwise pay teachers, then maybe we need to focus more on funding education.

Obviously, a new schedule which reduces costs fits well with the community, and benefits students and staff alike is the kind of win-win that you don't often find in government-run programs. But to hear that it is coming out of a deprivation of funds is disconcerting, to say the least.

Nearly 1 in 5 public school teachers have second jobs during the school year. For a job as important, and as challenging, as teaching is, teachers deserve to be able to focus all of their working hours on teaching and then enjoy the rest of their time living their life.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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